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provision and he destroyed the bill for business. i don't need a lecture from barack obama about bipartisanship. he was never very good at it in the senate. if you speak tomorrow about immigration reform, i hope you don't suggest you're going to take a pathway to citizenship and delink it from the border. and if you do, you know what will happen, 20 million illegal immigrants years from now. >> greta: in 2009 i listened to the speech and at the time a democratic house and democratic senate. why would he not take time for immigration reform. because you can't move multiple bills through congress and eat and chew gum at the same time or wasn't his heart in it. >> in 2008 he promised immigration reform in the first year of his presidency and led off with obamacare and that took all the oxygen out of the room. >> greta: he can't do both? >> by the time obamacare was done, took the whole year and the place was divided and bitter. and all the political capital we had in that first year of his presidency, he picked the most divisive issue he could find, rather than bringing us together.
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immigrants 20 years from now. >> president obama gave a speech about immigration reform at american university in nl july of 2009 and listened to the speech. at the time, he had a democratic house and a democrat senate. why would he not take advantage and do immigration reform? is it because you can't move multiple bills through congress you? can't eat and chew gum at the same time? or wasn't his heart in it? >> he promised comprehensive immigration reform in the first year of his presidency and he led off with obamacare and that took all the oxygen out of the room. >> couldn't he do both? >> obamacare took the whole year, the place was divided and bitter. and all the political capital he had in that first year of his presidency, he picked the most divisive issue he could find, rather than bringing us together, he passed a bill on party-line votes, corn husker kickback, louisiana purchase, behind closed door, not one republican voted for it in the senate, if he focused on comprehensive immigration reform in a bipartisan fashion, it would have been done in 2009. >> couldn't they have
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that. i suppose every other president before president obama did this, but the president gave a speech on immigration reform in nevada. he took air force one all the way up to nevada and gave a speech and brought it back. i suppose every president did that before him, but these are tough economic times for american people. it doesn't set a good example. >> i don't have a problem with it. i think it would be fascinating reported weekly how much they spent running around the country. i think you want presidents to travel. i never object to a president who goes to camp david because i think frankly the job is so crushing. >> greta: i totally agree. >> and i like the president being out with the american people. any president, whoever it is, but i did think it was interesting today. this is real test of immigration. i believe we're going to be able to work our way toward some kind of common sense practical steps, many which i campaigned on a year ago. it will be interesting to see if obama deliberately steps in to try to stop it by raising the antoe. >> greta: why would he do that? he says